Monthly Archives: October 2012

Daily Log 2012-10-30

You remember how I said I would run?  I meant to say nap.  After the nap I felt guilty.

Heavy bag, jump rope, kettlebell.

Worked on IFAK logistics.

The cat continues to improve and ate a lot today.


Daily Log 2012-10-29

10 minute warm up on the heavy bag, kb tabatta.  Tomorrow I get back to running, regardless of the weather outside.

Rifle Dry fire – focus on clean trigger pulls.

Pistol Dry fire – focus on presentation.

Weekend Catch Up+ 2012-10-25

It’s been a heck of a last few days.

Normally the cat hears the garage door when I come home, and shows up.  If she’s out and about, and either the back or front door opens, she’ll come trotting in.  Thursday night, we she was nowhere to be found.  I kept an ear open for her as I went about my chores, and so did the wife.  At dusk, we’re both starting to get worried.  At 9 o’clock, I walk the back yard and find her under the shed.

The wife brings out a warm plate of wet food, and the cat’s not interested.  Laser pointer?  Na-uh.  So right then, we know there’s a problem.  I start digging under the shed, she was about arms length and I could almost reach her.  Then she moved.  So I start digging again, she does the same thing.  We can’t poke her or prod her to our advantage.  I set the wife to sliding rood under the shed to steal space and reduce the cats area of motion.  While she’s doing this I start emptying the shed.  We have three options:

  1. Jack the shed up.
  2. Cut through the shed floor.
  3. Light the shed on fire.

Option 2 was ruled out – the cat would just continue to skulk out of reach until I had removed the entire floor.  It was also late, and I’m sure power tool usage would of been frowned upon by the neighbors.  Option 3 is always on the table, but the wife complained about the danger (she never complains about the adventure.)  So, Option 1 was green lit.  We grabbed an auto jack, all the spare lumber and paving stones we could muster and set to work.

At the earliest window of opportunity (“Stick swatting height”) I was unable to locate the cat.  Impossible!  I look high, low, under the shed, near the shed, amongst the contents of the shed and come up empty.  My wife finds the cat inside the house (the door was left open at some point) bunkered down under a table.  Her fur is matted with blood.  Lots of blood.  We pick her up and move her into the bathroom.  At this point, the Misses has already located an emergency vet and is adamant that we take the cat there now.  We aren’t waiting until morning, I’m not allowed to practice amateur surgery, we’re going now…

…And so we go.  On the way there we set a hard limit of $600 for care.  After a quick assessment, their recommendation is $1200.  The minimum diagnostics are $200 – what amounts to baseline exterior wound care.  We go with that option.  X-Rays and FAST are really great – but we aren’t in a position to afford the results.  It’s now 1am, I’m muddy and wet, the wife is stressed and it’s time to hurry up and wait.  I take her home, put the stuff I can’t afford to get wet back into the shed and go back to the vet.  They find no exterior wounds, at least two broken ribs and flail chest.  Somehow she must of beat the fuck out of something, and then been crushed.

She’s been living under the desk for the last two days.  She eats and drinks sparingly, but still loves her chin scritches and is bright eyed.  There’s no reason to expect she won’t pull through, but at the same time there’s the possibility of internal injuries, pneumothorax etc.  We continue to monitor her as best we can.
Charity 5k on Saturday morning, my mind was elsewhere, but I finished it.

Saturday afternoon was spent cleaning the house and putting the shed back in order.

I’ll update this post on Sunday night – I just wanted to get some activity.


The cat continues to improve, being responsive and increasingly cat like.  She still has a ways to go, but I am hopeful.

Sunday was spent helping catch up around the house.

Dry-Fire Exercises – Pistol

Up first is the safety disclaimer:

This article outlines how I structure my Dry-fire practice – not how to conduct it safely.  Guns are dangerous.  People are stupid.  You are wholly responsible for your actions, not me.  If you want information on how to conduct safe Dry-Fire sessions here are a few excellent resources:

Dry Fire Safety”  by Kathy Jackson, “Cornered Cat”

“Using Dry Fire to Improve Your IDPA Performance” by Claude Werner, “Tactical Journal Volume 9, Issue 2”

Mr. Werner also partnered with I.C.E. to produce an excellent video regarding Dry-Fire.

I like to keep my practices short.  About the same time I’m on my fourth youtube cat video, my light bulb kicks on and I’ll go dry-fire.  Other times, I do it at the tail end of whatever exercise I’m up to that day.
My default is to run through my Pistol Standards twice. By the numbers you get:

  • 14 Freestyle draws
  • 6 Freestyle reloads
  • 58 Freestyle trigger pulls
  • 12 SHO draws
  • 4 SHO Reloads
  • 26 SHO trigger pulls
  • 8 WHO draws
  • 2 WHO Reloads
  • 20 WHO Trigger pulls

When I’m practicing reloads I’ll either kneel or place a chair to catch the dropped mag.  This increases magazine life and speeds reset for the next rep.  I split my trigger pulls between working from reset and working from an indexed trigger finger.

Once a week or so I’ll practice movement.  Getting off the line of attack.  Maneuvering around a chair (convenient stand in for a person.)  Working a doorway, flashlight manipulation and the like.

Focus matters.  If you’re just going through the motions you won’t get anything out of this.

Daily Log – 2012-10-24

Wrestled with the cat.  The cat pinned me in, like, 2 minutes and subsequently refused to move.  Luckily, I had the remotes close at hand so I turned on some NatGeo and took a four hour nap.

Rifle dry fire, PM’d the rifle as well.

Tomorrow I’ll get some exercise in, Friday I’m taking the night off, Saturday is a charity 5k event.

Daily Log 2012-10-23

Warmed up on the heavy bag, tabata w/ kettle bell.

Dry fire pistol and rifle.

Up to three chin ups.

Daily Log 2012-10-23

10 minute heavy bag warm up.

Jump rope tabata.

Rifle dry fire – target and shoulder transitions.

Weekend Catch Up 2012-10-19

Mostly a kickback weekend:

Planted winter cover crop.

Sharpened knives.

Played around with a few different types of tourniquets – separate article on the way.

Ran a trial 5k on Sunday – it did not go well.

Helped a friend pull wire underneath his house.  It was interesting.

Dehydrated some veggies and fruits.


Micro Red Dot Sight Placement Pt3

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

As part of the last range trip, we got some numbers.  The Forward Mount was at the far end of a carbine length rail.  The Mid Mount was flush with the forward edge of the receiver.  Target was 10 yards down range, object was to mount the gun, find the dot, squeeze the trigger:

Foward Mount Mid Mount
Patrol Ready
1 1.5 1.3
2 1.3 1.3
3 1.09 1.2
4 1.23 1.3
5 1.2 1.22
Average 1.26 1.26
Variance 0.02 0
Support Patrol Ready
1 1.67 1.84
2 1.8 2.13
3 2.3 1.98
4 1.78 2.02
5 1.76 2.08
Average 1.86 2.01
Variance 0.06 0.01
Support Kneeling Barricade
1 1.41 1.85
2 1.28 1.55
3 1.31 1.97
4 1.39 1.26
5 2.17 2.09
Average 1.51 1.74
Variance 0.14 0.11
Urban Prone
1 1.32 2.27
2 1.63 1.68
3 1.92 1.81
4 1.78 1.44
5 1.32 1.8
Average 1.59 1.8
Variance 0.07 0.09

When discussing the results, E stated that the “best” option was just to work on a consistent mount.  I’m not entirely sold on the far-forward mount.  I suspect E’s going to keep his rifle setup like it is now, so there may be updates in the future.

Daily Log 2012-10-18

Ankle Status: Proper fucked.  I’ll have to take time off and try not to over do it next time.